I owe an apology to Pink Kitty. I recently chastised her for misquoting Doc Holliday and Tombstone. It turns out I mangled it as bad as she did. I knew her quote wasn’t correct and as I was typing my comment to her, I had the feeling that I wasn’t either. So I checked and I was right with the sinking feeling and not the quote. Here then is the scene quoted correctly:
(Doc is dying and has just told Wyatt that he was in love once. It happened to be his first cousin and “she joined a convent over the affair.”)
Doc: “She was all I ever wanted. What’d you want Wyatt?”
Wyatt: “Just to live a normal life.”
Doc: “There’s no normal life, Wyatt. There’s just life. Now get on with it.”
Wyatt: “I don’t know how.”
Doc: “Sure ya do. Say goodbye to me. Go get that spirited actress and make her your own. Take that beauty and run. Don’t look back. Live every second. Live right up to the hilt. Live, Wyatt. Live for me.
“Wyatt, if you were ever my friend, if you ever had the slightest feeling for me, leave now… Please.”
There are so many lessons about life in that one little excerpt that I wouldn’t know where to begin. There’s stuff in there about love and friendship and pride and temptations and desire.
I watch that movie and see so much of myself (good and bad) in both Wyatt and Doc that I can’t decide which one I more relate to.
Kevin Jarre and George Cosmatos are just geniuses. In my not so humble opinion, there’s never been a better written screenplay and it was perfectly directed, too. The cast and their acting is superb, but that’s just icing. Actors are waiters in a cheap restaurant without writing and directing.
Here’s a Biblically sound life motto that you can take away from this: Take the beauty and run. Don’t ever look back. Live every second. Live to the hilt. Live for Me.
I’m not saying that Doc is God or even symbolically represents Him. I’m just sayin’ there’s a message there that is something God would say.
I’ve now connected both poker and Tombstone to the Bible. Any challenges for the next unlikely pairing with theology?